Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.

Friedrich Nietzsche

It’s day 3, and I’m surprised at how quickly the time has come around, this is now the midpoint of my experiment, and I’m wondering what lessons and insights I’m going to find out today. So let’s get cracking with day 3 and the pursuit of dinner on a budget.

The intention for today:
When I was planning my experiment in its integrity on Sunday, I really wanted to push both myself and my budget to the extreme, which is why I decided to add an additional 3 ‘mini’ challenges to the remaining 3 days of the experiment.
I could have easily decided what I was going to do, but where is the fun in that? So I decided that I would do a poll to decide my fate for the last 3 days and my intention for today is to take up that challenge and succeed, no matter what it is.

What I did:
So I’ve heard from a few of my colleagues and friends that the app ViaVan is a much cheaper alternative than getting a cab or an uber, so I decided that I was going to try it this morning. Another big mistake. Although I planned the best that I could, I didn’t realise that it would cost me £8 to get to work from where I live! That’s a bit no-no from me I’m afraid, as it would mean that I would end up spending, today’s, tomorrow’s and a good portion of Friday’s budget on one lift to work and I just can’t do that. So it’s another day of me cycling to work, and already I’m finding that as much as I planned, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of variety in this travelling to work on a budget lark…
I bring my lunch in once again, and it’s definitely a lot better than having the leftovers from the previous night for lunch, so no problem there. However the problem is, is that I can’t help but worry about what my followers on Twitter are deciding for me, I really don’t want to fail midway through this challenge.
Later on, I find out that my followers have decided that my challenge for dinner will be for me to find something to eat in the supermarket for £2.49 or under, so challenge accepted.

Results of the poll

What I found:
I already half had a plan for each of the answers of the poll for what I’d do when I got home for dinner, so I didn’t have to worry too much about forming a plan of attack when I got home. I’m lucky enough that I’ve got 2 small ‘express’ type supermarkets around 5 minutes walk away from where I live, so that’s where I go to, my plan is to go there after work and try to find something in their reduced section.
Turns out that this isn’t the most original idea that I’ve had, as when I get to the first supermarket, there is absolutely nothing left in the reduced section that I could possibly class as enough for me to eat for dinner and I have the sneaking suspicion that I wasn’t the only one who thought they’d get something for dinner from the reduced section. On to the next supermarket!
The second supermarket is even worse, and I can’t even find their reduced section or anything that I feel I can class as a meal that will fit in my budget. I’m off to the Superstore to see whether there are better prospects for me there. The third supermarket is simply just a flying visit; I’m starving hungry by this point so I head to the reduced section and find the best thing for my budget which is a chilli con carne for just £1.49, £1 under my budget.
As there was so much choice for me at the superstore, I would definitely recommend that if you want to shop in the reduced section at a superstore. As generally their selection and prices are better than smaller supermarkets, as they stock more food then have to sell it at appealing prices in order to get rid of it. So that’s my top tip for you today, go to the superstore supermarkets over the expresses if you on a budget.

Today’s biggest challenge:
The biggest problem that I faced today was probably the fact that I had to run around three supermarkets before I was able to find something that was both substantial enough for me to eat for dinner and that would fit my budget. Although it was ultimately worth it in the end, as when I finally bought my dinner I still had £1 left over which shall go onto Friday’s budget, I think next time I’ll go to the superstore or check out the reduced section when I do my weekly shop.

How I got to work:

What I ate:
Breakfast – Porridge and a banana.
Lunch – Garlic and Herb cream cheese sandwich.
Dinner – Sainsbury’s Be Good to Yourself Chilli con carne.
Snacks – None.
Drinks – Water.

Any additional costs:
No other expenditure today.

Calories consumed:
Breakfast – 328 calories
Lunch – 224 calories
Dinner – 392 calories
Snacks – 0 calories
Drinks – 0 calories

Total – 944 calories

Money spent:

Money saved:

The majority of my day today went quite well and I feel like I’m getting into the routine of bringing in my lunch every day and it’s definitely making me think more about how much money I do spend on my lunch every day and reevaluate my spending habits. Today was probably the only day so far where I didn’t feel majorly inconvenienced by anything too much.
Although getting my dinner did involve a certain amount of travelling around to find what I wanted, I did ultimately find what I was looking for and now always know to opt for the superstore now instead of the smaller supermarkets.

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